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thanks for the response. And i'll shoot a pm your way for a reminder, thanks. No hurry, i'm not doing this for about a week or two. Just trying to plan it all out first.



Yeah, i was thinking the same thing. I lifted my ram, and it's still got a little rake to it too. I've found being dead flat level, does tend to look a little squatty in the back. I'm planning to go up 1", front and back so the rake will remain the same.

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LOL. I have my HA at the dealer right now to have the left fender wheel trim replaced. To avoid any possible showdown, I put the stock links back in last night. I think I'll spray the lowering links red before reinstalling. I also don't notice any difference driving with the stock links, but my wife mentioned it seemed higher for her to climb in. I just told her she was imagining it!
If you didn't want to attract attention to a suspension link, red will certainly get the job done lol. Color is a subjective thing obviously, but IMO a suspension link isn't really something you want to show off or add color to, so for my application I think black works perfect. Matches other suspension components as well.
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I was going to cover mine in black just to put something on them for rust prevention. You don't really see them under there, but red sounds cool for a little flare. Heck I painted my calipers red, and those are usually silver/gray on a part that people generally think very little about. Why not add little color here and there. I still plan to paint my links black, but red sounds like a nice touch.

Although I would probably swap back to stock links if you're concerned about the dealer seeing them. Red will certainly be a clear indication that it's not stock.



PS, thanks for the photo ARWK2OL.
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If you didn't want to attract attention to a suspension link, red will certainly get the job done lol. Color is a subjective thing obviously, but IMO a suspension link isn't really something you want to show off or add color to, so for my application I think black works perfect. Matches other suspension components as well.
Now that you mention it, black might be a better choice. Thanx.
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My ends are on the way. Once I get them I will go to fastenal and get the threaded rod and nuts.
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I was going to cover mine in black just to put something on them for rust prevention. You don't really see them under there, but red sounds cool for a little flare. Heck I painted my calipers red, and those are usually silver/gray on a part that people generally think very little about. Why not add little color here and there. I still plan to paint my links black, but red sounds like a nice touch.

Although I would probably swap back to stock links if you're concerned about the dealer seeing them. Red will certainly be a clear indication that it's not stock.



PS, thanks for the photo ARWK2OL.

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Hope this helps. It got my 2011 about 1.5 inches of lift and also leveled it out. Over 1000 miles and no issues and still has a great ride.
Also notice on the fronts the ends face the same and they face opposite on the rears.
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Got mine put together and painted them black. Probably being to anal but I couldn't get them exactly the same length using a digital caliper being a couple tenths off.
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Calipers aren't going to be the right tool to measure "tenths" if you're referring to ten-thousandths of an inch (.0001), not actual tenths (.1). If you're off a few tenths with calipers you're as close as you can get with them. If you want them dead nuts, you're going to have to break out the micrometers. Something tells me these don't need to be that accurate though, so you should be fine.

I'm ordering my parts today, so it's just a matter of waiting for them to show up now.
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Calipers aren't going to be the right tool to measure "tenths" if you're referring to ten-thousandths of an inch (.0001), not actual tenths (.1). If you're off a few tenths with calipers you're as close as you can get with them. If you want them dead nuts, you're going to have to break out the micrometers. Something tells me these don't need to be that accurate though, so you should be fine.

I'm ordering my parts today, so it's just a matter of waiting for them to show up now.

Yeah I know I don't need to be right on. I just put them together at work so using all the tools I want.
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Calipers aren't going to be the right tool to measure "tenths" if you're referring to ten-thousandths of an inch (.0001), not actual tenths (.1). If you're off a few tenths with calipers you're as close as you can get with them. If you want them dead nuts, you're going to have to break out the micrometers. Something tells me these don't need to be that accurate though, so you should be fine.

I'm ordering my parts today, so it's just a matter of waiting for them to show up now.
Actually, quality digital calipers measure down to .001, more than accurate enough. Due to the threaded rod and ends not being that critical a match, its not possible to get them exact. Several thousandths should be insignificant. This, of course, is just my opinion.
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Actually, quality digital calipers measure down to .001, more than accurate enough. Due to the threaded rod and ends not being that critical a match, its not possible to get them exact. Several thousandths should be insignificant. This, of course, is just my opinion.

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Actually, quality digital calipers measure down to .001, more than accurate enough......
Oh I understand that completely, and agree that's plenty accurate enough.
As noted .001" is thousandths of an inch, and is easily accurate enough for these parts. I doubt the OEM parts are any closer then +/- .005. There would be no reason for Mopar to require a more strict tolerance and thereby increase the cost of a snap on piece. Any inaccuracy that small would create an undetectable difference in ride height.
I was basically just being a wise guy. The reason I referenced micrometers was that, the comment I was replying to mentioned tenths or .0001" via calipers (one decimal place further than you referred to). While, a quality pair of calipers will show tenths, it's not an accurate method to measure that fine of a number. For something like this though, it's close enough.
To give a little reference that I'm not just talking out of my butt. I was a Journeyman Tool and Die Maker for 15 years before my current career (and placed 3rd in the NTMA apprenticeship contest during my apprenticeship). For some of the more accurate items I've made when accuracy was critical I'd measure them with micrometers. Then they'd be tested in a temperature controlled room via a CMM (Coordinate Measuring Machine) that takes feel and expansion/contraction out of the equation.
Yes, quality calipers can show tenths, but I wouldn't trust them if it mattered. Calipers are easily sufficient for these parts, and a few thousandths are probably closer than most people are making them (who likely use a scale or tape).

All that said.
The "couple tenths off" is going to be more accurate than the OEM set, so don't take any of that the wrong way. I didn't mean to imply anything with my last post either, I was just pointing out that I wouldn't trust calipers for a minute measurement. Heck all you'd have to do to gain/lose those few tenths would be to just barely tap the thread one way or the other. I'd say you nailed it. I was planning on using calipers to measure mine too. You've got the tools, no reason not use them.
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